In essence, permeable driveway pavers allow water to flow through their surface. Other non-porous materials direct water to storm-drains but permeable driveway pavers help ground water replenish by allowing water to flow through open spaces between the materials or through the materials themselves. They also filter solids and pollutants from the water as it percolates through the surface. Here’s more on why you should be considering permeable pavers for your Mississauga, ON, hardscaping.
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Groundwater is a source of drinking water and it also nourishes deep-rooted plants and trees. Groundwater is becoming an endangered resource, partly due to an overuse of impermeable materials in new developments in and around cities and towns. Impermeable driveways, patios, and parking lots prevent surface water from seeping into the ground.
Impervious surfaces divert rainwater into storm sewers and then into streams. It carries with it litter and toxic pollutants, such as oil and chemicals into rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. Impervious surfaces also causes a buildup of heat in and around cities and towns. This cumulative buildup of extra heat in cities and towns is known as the “heat island effect.”
Environmental Benefits of Permeable Pavers
Permeable driveway pavers are environmentally friendly and produce beautiful hardscapes without harming the environment. They can present a rustic beauty or modern look that enhances curb appeal while promoting green living. Replacing asphalt or poured concrete driveways with Unilock permeable pavers helps the environment by encouraging the natural water cycle.
When rainwater permeates these paving stones it seeps into the gravel base underneath before entering the soil. The gravel base serves as a filtration system that reduces and removes pollutants from the water before it returns to natural groundwater sources.
Permeable driveways are highly durable and can sustain heavy and frequent traffic loads. This is the reason why commercial developments are installing permeable driveway pavers instead of pouring solid concrete. The wide use of permeable pavers in commercial development can also be applied to residential use. Using permeable driveway pavers enhances your home’s curb appeal and is also a way to help the environment!
Tribeca Cobble is a permeable paver solution from Unilock that provides the look of beautiful imported granite cobblestones. Although the surface texture is natural and varied, being cast from hundreds of real natural stone cobblestones, beneath the surface, Tribeca Cobble maintains an extremely high dimensional accuracy for a level, interlocking surface. Its EnduraColor Plus finish makes it an excellent choice for long term color as well.
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This permeable paver from Unilock offers supreme erosion control and support for turf and is a favorite among landscape architects and engineers. Suitable for emergency access areas, spillways, embankments and environmentally sensitive parking areas, Turfstone offers a filigree design that can be filled with grass or aggregates depending on the project’s drainage requirements or aesthetic purposes.
Town Hall is cast from molds taken from authentic brick street pavers and provides a time-worn, warm and classic look. Town Hall’s dimensions are slightly larger than those of typical brick pavers, making for a more stately surface. Town Hall is manufactured to satisfy both conventional and permeable installation methods.